Urban Explorer Series: Camille's Travel Itinerary

Urban Explorer Series: Camille's Travel Itinerary

“I love that this city has layers of contrast of east meets west, the mountains and sea, the crowded density and fast pace of life. The first impression that people have of Hong Kong is that it is one big concrete jungle and the Hong Kong skyline, but there is so much more to it.”

 

 

 

Camille’s Travel Itinerary

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We had the gracious opportunity to sit down with the empowering and talented Olympic Competitive Swimmer Ms. Camille Cheng to learn more about her passion for swimming, but we are even more curious as to how she spends her time when she’s not training intensely for the games. Her illuminating glow makes us wonder what she does for fun outside the pool to maintain her positive outlook! View Camille’s 24-hour itinerary in the city now:

 

8AM: Make your way to the South Side of Hong Kong before it gets too crowded and hot, and start your hike on the stunning Dragon’s Back for a beautiful south side view of the city. From Page148, you should take the Island Line MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station. Once you arrive, take Exit A3 and look for Bus No. 9 at the Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus. When you are on the bus, look out for the stop “To Tei Wan, Dragon’s Back”, which should be 11 stops later. Other hikers will alight at this stop so keep your eyes peeled! Be sure to take the trail that ends up in Shek O beach, which will take approximately 2 hours

 

 

10:30AM: End the hike in Shek O and walk around the colourful Shek O Village to admire all the rainbow-coloured buildings in the area. You can also opt for the beach to cool off after a nice 2-hour hike

 

 

12PM: In Shek O Village, there are numerous food options to choose from but Camille recommends you have lunch at Happy Garden, which is this delectable eatery serving up classic Thai dishes! Every dish is a must-try on our list so be sure to order a few and share

 

1:30PM: With your stomach full, take the taxi back to Shau Kei Wan MTR Station and head to Central Station. You can choose to continue taking the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui district but Camille recommends you alight at Central Station and walk over to the Star Ferry Pier, approximately a 10 to 15-minute walk, and take the star ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui to witness the pristine views of the Kowloon skyline. It is an experience on its own

 

 

2:30PM: Once you get off the ferry, walk along the breathtaking Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade for a view of the Victoria Harbour. You will definitely want to have your camera with you as this is one of the most iconic spots in Hong Kong. Taking a mental picture is just not enough to savour this incredible view

 

 

3:30PM: By now, you are probably drenched in sweat so head back to the hotel for a shower and rest up before dinner

 

5PM: Now that you have freshened up and ready to go, take the Jordan MTR station closest to the hotel, approximately a 5-minute walk, and head to Mong Kok MTR station. Once you have arrived, head on up to the street markets and souvenir shops. One of Camille’s favourite markets is the Flower Market. She recommends you stop at Maria’s for a freshly baked Hong Kong Egg Tart or try the Hong Kong Egg Puff near the Flower Market. Another place to satisfy your sweet tooth is Mammy’s Pancake, where Camille swears by the Egg Waffle – her favourite!

 

6:30PM: After a light snack to prep you for the big meal, head to One Dim Sum in Mong Kok for dinner. This quaint little eatery is frequented by locals and expats alike so be sure to get there early before the queues get longer! All of their dim sum dishes are absolutely scrumptious, but we highly suggest you try the barbeque pork buns, also known as “char siu bao”, along with siu mai and the chicken wrapped in lotus leaf. You will certainly leave the joint happy

 

8PM: End the night on a high note by grabbing a drink at OZONE located in Tsim Sha Tsui East, situated on the 118th floor which boasts panoramic views of the city. From Mong Kok, we recommend you take the MTR and alight at Kowloon station where you can walk up to Elements mall which is directly connected to OZONE. Just be sure to make a reservation for a seat at the outdoor area so you can stare at the beautiful evening view of Hong Kong throughout the night

 

 

10PM: It is time to head back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep

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